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agenda for board meeting

Your Board of Directors will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 6 pm

You can request an invitation to this meeting by emailing fmquilters@gmail.com

September board meeting agenda

Fargo Moorhead Quilters

Minutes (see attached)

Membership report   164 members

Treasurer’s report

Web Page

Engagement

Education report, A Weekend With

October events (Kim Baird will be out of town)

Education: Jelly Roll Race for veterans project

Program: Susan Curtis, Pockets of Time

HCSCC reception for Salley Mavor exhibit Bedtime Stitches Opening Reception
Saturday, October 15, 2022 12:30 PM-2:30 PM  1:00 presentation by Sandra Gordon
Free Admission 

November events

            Holiday meeting, time and location?

New business

A Weekend With Amanda Nyberg

It’s all about the scraps!

It’s all about the scraps!

Amanda Jean Nyberg

Amanda Jean Nyberg, author of No Scraps Left Behind and co-author of Sunday Morning Quilts, will join the FMQ September 16 & 17, 2022 at NDCSC 1305 19th Ave N, Fargo. She will teach an all-day class The Missing U on Friday and a techniques method of Quilt-As-You-Go on Saturday morning.  She will present, My Journey, a lecture and trunk show at Saturday’s meeting. Printable registration form is on our website. You may also register online.     

 

                                 

Color My World quilt challenge

At our May meeting we were introduced to the Color My World challenge. It is a
mystery two color crayon quilt challenge. Each participating member will draw a bag
that holds two different colored crayons. The challenge is to create a quilt using those
two colors (for example: Pink & Green – you will be able to use any hue from light
pink to dark pink and your 2nd color any hue from light green to dark green) with the
addition of one accent color of black, white or gray.
The quilt size should be no smaller than 12” X 12” and no bigger than 46” X 60.” It
must consist of three layers and have some sort of edge binding,(no raw edges).
Material – cotton fabric (no tee shirts), embellishments no more than 1/4” protrusion.
Time – Quilts should be ready to show at our October meeting.
There are still some spots available if you would like to participate in this challenge.
Please contact Shelley Folkedahl, to assign your colors. 701-306-9275 or
nsfolkedahl@hotmail.com.

A NEW CHALLENGE GAME

At our May meeting we were introduced to the Color My World challenge. It is a mystery two color crayon quilt challenge. Each participating member will draw a bag that holds two different colored crayons. The challenge is to create a quilt using those two colors!

You may use any hue or shade from light to dark of each color in your bag. You must add one accent color: black, white or gray.
Size should be no smaller than 12” x 12” and no bigger than 46” x 60.” It must consist of three layers and have some sort of edge binding,(no raw edges).
Material – cotton fabric (no tee shirts), embellishments no more than 1/4” protrusion.
Deadline: Quilts should be ready to show at our October meeting.
There are still some spots available if you would like to participate in this challenge. Contact Shelley Folkedahl to assign your colors. 701-306-9275 or
nsfolkedahl@hotmail.com.

NOTE: June 17th program at our monthly meetup will involve sorting fabrics of one color from dark to light. If you have some fabrics to use in your challenge, bring them along!

NEW NAME!

Yes, it’s true, Quilters’ Guild of North Dakota is now FARGO MOORHEAD QUILTERS.

Don’t panic, we are making the changeover gradually. We respond to both names for the next few months. Look for our new logo soon!

Feedsack Fabrics

Thrift Style at the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Moorhead

There is a certain irony to the experience of viewing this exhibit from the Historic Costume and Textile Museum of Kansas State University. 80 years ago, waste fabric hardly existed. Outgrown clothing, worn bedding, empty bags were all resources to be mined for further use. Today, we struggle under the weight of so much excess fabric that we are in danger of burying ourselves beneath the waste. So once again, we must learn the value of repurposing, reusing and recycling.

Through June 20, HCSCC hosts Thrift Style, which includes many printed bags and the clothing and quilts women made from them in the mid-twentieth century. It would be interesting to know who designed all these little floral and conversational prints, but for now they remain anonymous. For me, they bring memories of my grandmother, who always wore cotton aprons made of prints like these.

  • Reviewed by Kim Baird

Future of the Guild

This article was emailed with the January newsletter. In case you missed it, it’s repeated here.

Look at this graph of our membership numbers from “normal” times in 2017 to the latest figures. From 258 down to 126 we experienced a decline of 52%. Over half our members fell by the wayside! Board members divided up the list of those lapsed members and contacted them by phone.

It’s difficult to maintain our activities with 126 members, especially since many of us are at that age when we start slowing down and stop climbing ladders.

Very important was to gather information from quilters who do not belong to QGND. The number of quilters is not declining, so why are they not signing up?

Two “chat with us” events were held at local quilt shops. Mary’s Quilt Market and Rae-Bon Sew and Quilt Shop generously provided space for us to interview their customers.

Muriel Richardson, Kim Baird, Kim Stenehjem and Janet VanAmberg asked quilters if they knew about QGND, would they join, or why they had decided not to. We also discussed the Metro Quilt Expo, and why some quilters enter every year, and some never do.

It turned out to be a fun way to spend the afternoon. Quilters love to talk about quilts, and we did!

It was also informative.

We discovered that quilters are intimidated by the word “Guild.” It gives them the impression that this is a group for experts only, and they don’t feel they are good enough to join. We heard this many times.

Some of the quilters had not heard of the group. Some who had heard of us, assumed it was a state-wide organization not a local quilting group. This was even true of some of our members before they joined.

We concluded that one very important way to attract new members is simply to change our name. We should have a name that uses “Quilters,” since that’s who we are. And one that reflects our locality, which is Fargo and its neighboring communities in Cass County, plus Moorhead and other towns in Clay County.

We don’t want a name that suggests to some quilters that they aren’t good enough, so “Guild” and other exclusive terms should be avoided.

The Board had already decided we should develop a new logo, one that reflects our mission statement. These two items go together—a new name, and a new logo. It seems that they will go a long way toward attracting new members to our group.

The committee has developed a short list of possible new names. You have an opportunity to make suggestions, too. You will receive instructions for submitting suggestions via Survey Planet. Since our By-Laws specify our name, we’ll have to modify those to make the change. That means a vote of all the members, with notification 30 days ahead.

One idea to increase membership is already taking place. Why not create our own new members? So, for the next 3 months, our education time will be devoted to teaching the basics of making quilts. Both members and non-members can take advantage of this opportunity. Register on the web page so we know how many to expect.

Task force members:

Kim Baird

Kim Stenehjem

Muriel Richardson

Janet VanAmberg, Board representative

With assistance from Kay Braun and Char Grant

If you wish to contribute your expertise to the group, contact Kim Baird.

LEARN TO QUILT with us

MORNING EDUCATION for the next three months will concentrate on Back to the Basics. For those who want to get started making quilts, it’s a great opportunity. We have experienced teachers at a low cost of only $5 per session.

For those who are already quilters, it’s a good way to sharpen your basic skills. The class project is a table runner (or baby quilt, if you want to make more blocks). You can help mentor some newbies while sewing your own runner. Spread the Joy of Quilting!

Tell your family and friends about this great opportunity beginning January 15, 2022.

Don’t wait, register now. Just click here.

sample made of solid colors
sample made of wool tweed

Pandemic quilt top is ready!

It looks great and the blocks are so interesting! (From the photo the sashing and borders look like flowers but it is a print of the covid virus.) It is fun to read the descriptions that go along with each block. The quilt really tells a story of how guild members were feeling and coping the past 2 years during the Pandemic. It will be exciting to see the finished quilt displayed at The Metro Quilt Show April 29 & 30, 2022. It is a great chance for the community to see the Pandemic from the point of view of quilters. It is also a time for our quilting community to thank all the health care workers for all they have been doing to help during the Pandemic.

The finished top is 62 x 76 inches.  Barb Zeleznik will quilt it.

Bonnie Anderson, Pandemic Project Coordinator, 701-388-7147,

bonlanderson@gmail.com.